Christmas markets in Germany

Germany beckons you to have a taste of its world renowned Christmas markets. Go ahead and enjoy a double whammy in this country. Your family will be happy to visit an overseas country during the holiday season, and they will have fun in the myriad Christmas markets that only Germany can offer. The time of the year when everyone wants to celebrate is just a couple of days ahead. It is at this time of the year when people are in a celebratory mood.

Christmas market Annaberg-Buchholz

Christmas market Annaberg-Buchholz

It is also the time of the year when most individuals loosen their purse strings and wander around the supermarkets purchasing gifts for their near and dear ones. While there is no question that more and more people are opting to purchase their Christmas gifts online, nothing can beat the sheer pleasure of jostling along with a crowd in packed malls and super markets to purchase the latest gifts. Do not forget that the sheer thrill of shopping makes the adrenaline rush and makes the shopper hungry too. The fun of eating and shopping can never be enjoyed online.

With local markets becoming jam-packed with people rushing to make their last minute purchases, and most of the goods of your choice already sold out, why not take a decision to undertake your Christmas marketing in Germany? This serves a dual purpose. You along with the other members of your family can enjoy the fun of an interesting trip and at the same time, you can purchase the latest gifts too. Christmas is also the time of the year when people want to stay away from commercialism.

They want to shop in a relaxed frame of mind. This is where the Christmas markets of Germany come into play. The sheer magic and the feeling of warmth provided by them is difficult to find elsewhere. This is the main reason why more and more tourists flock to Germany during the holiday season. Unlike the other commercialized markets, the Christmas markets of Germany provide you to purchase real quality craftwork, instead of mass produced machine made stuff. However, if you are on the lookout for the latest in electronics you shall get them over there too.

Christmas biscuits, Christmas cookies made in Germany

Christmas biscuits, Christmas cookies made in Germany

There are several traditional Christmas markets in Germany where you can purchase gifts like lambskin shoes, candles, marionettes, woodcarvings, toys, and crib figurines. All these shopping tend to leave an individual tired. This is the best opportunity to take a break from shopping and enjoy some local delicacies like baked apples that are the perfect recipe for the crisp winter days. Enjoy other treats like grilled sausages and hot chestnuts. Your kids will glee with happiness on receiving sweets like marzipan figures and lebkuchen (gingerbread biscuits). Do not miss the famous and locally available mulled wine.

The best way to enjoy the fullest of Christmas shopping in Germany is by visiting markets in both the city and as well as in the villages. The problem is selecting the proper one. With so many markets available, your mind will be puzzled in the same way that a child’s does when they first enter a huge toyshop. Why do you not let your kids decide the city market and your partner decide the village one? These markets generally open from the last week of November and run through Christmas Eve. This way you can purchase the latest in electronics and as well as traditional toys. Enjoy the ambience and do not forget to say `Ich Liebe Dich,’ (I love you) to the friendly German people when you depart for home.

Christmas market, Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

Christmas market, Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

Popular Christmas markets in Germany

Traditionally known as the Striezelmarkt, the Dresden Christmas market is the oldest Christmas market of Germany with its origins dating as far back as 1424. Located in the main market square of the famous historic old town and on the embankment of the Weser River, atmosphere of the Bremen Christmas market, arguably one of the most attractive in Germany. Nuremberg Christmas market, known locally as the Christkindlesmarkt,  held in the middle of the city on the Nuremberg Main Market square, attracts tourists from all over the country as well.

Berlin, the capital of Germany, boasts of no less than sixty Christmas markets where you can go along with your family and indulge in both fun and shopping. The most popular Berlin Christmas market is held right before the Charlottenburg Palace.

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